The Barangaroo Delivery Authority announced today that deconstruction of the Harbour Control Tower, which was approved by the NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes last year, will commence at the end of March 2016 and be completed by the end of the year.
The 87m concrete and steel tower, which is sited in Barangaroo Reserve, ceased operating when shipping control was relocated to the Sydney Ports Communications Centre in Port Botany in 2011.
Its removal will complete the Authority’s vision of creating a naturalistic interpretation of the original headland.
The deconstruction method has been selected by the Authority to have minimal impact on local residents, businesses and visitors to Barangaroo Reserve.
Specialist deconstruction contractor, Liberty Industrial, a Sydney company, has been selected through a tender process to carry out the work. Their method will be a first for Australia, using demolition robots and a special mast-climbing platform system that has been used in Europe on similar structures, such as old smoke stacks.
Once the top section of the building has been removed by hand, remote-controlled demolition robots will be used to “eat away” the tower itself, with the pulverised debris pushed into the tower’s shaft which will act as a chute. Some 98% of the materials will be recycled.
The Authority will be seeking final approval for the selected methodology under the existing approved planning application. It is also drafting a heritage interpretation plan which will detail how the modern maritime story of the tower will be celebrated. This includes opportunities for it to be included in the broader approach to commemorating the maritime history of the 22-hectare Barangaroo site.
More information on the deconstruction method, including an infographic and FAQs, is available here.